Hyundai Motor Company, based in South Korea, is famous for its quality and reliable automotive all over the world. Unfortunately, their first venture into Pakistan’s auto industry didn’t go well due to the problems with the local partner. However, the company in collaboration with Nishat Group is almost ready for a comeback in Pakistan, thanks to the new auto policy.
A few days earlier, Hyundai Ioniq spotted in Lahore perhaps doing its road tests. Even though the company didn’t announce the hybrid vehicle to be launched in Pakistan in its groundbreaking batch of cars, we are pretty much excited to see the car being tested on Lahore’s asphalt.
As MoreNews always strive to bring you the best of the auto world, we decided to give you an overview of the Hyundai Ioniq as sooner or later it might hit the Pakistani roads.
Hyundai Ioniq comes in three variants with a choice to opt between Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and all-electric vehicles. For those who didn’t know much about hybrid cars, Ioniq is the Hyundai’s Prius not only metaphorically but literally, it shares many qualities with Toyota Prius.
It has got the same aerodynamic shape which further helps it achieve better fuel economy in presence of the large hybrid batteries. It is a five-door hatchback that uses an internal combustion engine and an electric motor and charges its battery with kinetic energy generated in braking.
The plug-in Hybrid variant is also similar to the latest Japanese Prius models. With a 100 kW fast charger, one can charge the battery to 100% in just 24 minutes while with the combined power from petrol, plug-in battery, and hybrid batteries, Ioniq can deliver fuel efficiency up to 64km in a Liter.
The hybrid options will have a petrol engine; Atkinson cycle of 4 cylinders and 1600cc, that translates into 105 HP and 146 Nm of maximum torque at 4,000 rpm. In addition, Ioniq has a 43 hp electric motor connected to a lithium-ion battery. Both are operated by a 6-speed automatic gearbox and double clutch.
The all-electric variant delivers a whopping power of 120 HP and a torque of 295 Nm, while the theoretical maximum range to drive in a single charge is 280 kilometers.
Interior and Exterior
The hybrid Ioniq has a length of 4.47 meters, with a width of 1.82 m and a height of 1.45 m. The measurements are exact for the electric, with the only variation of the track width. Outwardly it is easy to differentiate them by simply looking at the front: the electric has the grill completely trimmed and the lower lip of the bumper is painted in copper, while the hybrid has a conventional grill and the aforementioned lip is painted in blue.
As for its design, the front has the particularity of sharp headlights and hexagonal curves and is surrounded at the top by a black line. The rear is similar to the third generation Toyota Prius, having a large tailgate.
The interior of the car is stylish with the focus on providing the driver with comfort and all utilities within the easy reach.
Driving Assistance Systems
The instrument panel shows all the information regarding speed or battery, and the chosen driving mode – Eco, Normal or Sport – changes its color. In addition to the above, the driving assistance systems are numerous: unintentional lane change warning, blind spot detector, rear traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive intelligent cruise control.
The car is equipped with all the state of the art features including 8-inch infotainment, and onboard diagnostic system, Android Auto and Apple Car Play with a wireless charger in the dashboard. Moreover, it has the proximity sensor, adaptive cruise control, heated and memory seats for the comfortable and sophisticated ride.
Last time when Hyundai was here, we all loved their Santro for its trendy design and high tech engine. In fact, it was the only entry-level car with an onboard computer (ECU) in its time. So, we hope that companies like Renault, Isuzu, and Hyundai bring some modern and competitive vehicles in Pakistan.